Labor Day 2020

Well, what a summer: a mere pandemic, unrest throughout the country and the world, quarantines, and even the threat of killer bees swarming and eating us alive. Could there be a better reason to kick back in your protective bubble and let loose? Here are some things to think about while enjoying this weekend and re-charging for a crazy political (and flu) season.

All of these menu items should be served with the current mindset of social distancing, so no sharing bowls of dip and so-on. Think smart and serve in smaller, separate bowls so guests can grab and keep their distance as they catch up with friends from a good distance. There is a laundry list of small productive ways to remove as much risk as possible while letting you enjoy this epic weekend and put off all the aggravation until Tuesday at 8AM.

Since it is going to be a long time until we can gather like this again…or hopefully not:

Of course we think back to having parties that didn’t have to have so many rules, but this is just part of the temporary reality.

Life itself is the proper binge.

Julia Child

Cooking Ideas for Labor Day Weekend 2020

Marinated Skirt Steak

Wesley Maloney is the king of the kitchen, and for years she would serve up a perfectly charred skirt steak that had marinaded for 24 hours. The oil creates a high flash point that ignites the grill to caramelize the sugar in the ketchup, while the soy already deeply penetrated the beef for rich flavor.…

Spatchcock Lemon Rosemary Chicken

If you ever stumble upon one of my favorite restaurants, Le Petit Maison, be sure to pop in and order their lemon chicken – as well as just about everything their legendary chef, Raphael, has on the menu. You can find his spots in London, Dubai, Beirut, and Miami. The original is in Nice and…

Skillet Clams

The first and last meal I always have in Italy is a simple vongole, with hearty and perfectly cooked pasta soaking up the clam juices while cooking – it’s absolutely the best. I also make a version without the pasta when I want to have a lighter lunch on a hot day. This is a…

Herbed Mustard Shrimp

This is the best and easiest grilled shrimp recipe that friends will love to get after. You can make this as a main dish or serve as appetizers. Set aside some extra grated Parmesan, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and chopped dill to sprinkle on top before serving. Ingredients 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp…

Feta Lemon Dill Couscous

Light summer couscous served cold in summertime makes a great side to just about anything. This is a very easy and quick dish to make with fresh herbs and lemon to compliment the brined feta cheese and tricolor couscous. Ingredients 1 quart homemade chicken stock (or quality store or butcher shop made stock) 4 tablespoons…

Vodka Pineapple

Ingredients Pineapples Vodka Making It This is not a precise art as the number of pineapples needed as it depends on the size of your container. (Secret tip: Go to COSTCO to load up on the hooch and pineapples, which really cuts down on the cost of entertaining.) Cut off the rind of the pineapple…

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings with Cilantro Sriracha Blue Cheese Sauce

This mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and Sambal sauce creates tangy marinade for the small chicken wings and drums. Be sure to marinate for 24 hours and grill on a very hot grill to char the chicken. The sauce is easy to make with Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese dressing. Just add Sriracha and chopped…

Brownie Trifle

If you are having a big group over for a party, there’s a year round dessert guests devour. If you are in a hurry, you can find a good bakery and buy the brownies or make them yourself. Either way, once you layer them with whipped cream and toffee bars, you have a spectacular dessert.…

Chicken or Turkey Salad

As you might have guessed we love the beach and it’s great to just go out there for the day, have a light lunch and enjoy the surf.  The only hurdle is sand, wind, birds, transport, garbage and so on.  What we like to do it keep it really simple and delicious.  We love to…

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